WOOSTER – Florence Edna Rose, 89, of Wooster, passed away Monday, February 3, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Florence was born in Wooster April 10, 1924, to Arcangelo and Rosina (DiScipio) Moretti and married Raymond Frank Rose September 17, 1949. He survives.
On-the-go-Flo grew up in the Little Italy section of Wooster and was graduated from Wooster High School in 1942 and later from Western Union School in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She worked as a telegraph operator, Buckeye Mart sales associate, and retired as secretary of the Building Standards Division, City of Wooster, in 1987. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and served as a member of Parish Council, St. Mary Cemetery secretary and Catholic Social Services secretary.
Flo always demonstrated a true commitment to her community, volunteering for the Wooster Hospital Auxiliary, Viola Startzman Free Clinic, Salvation Army, VFW, Board of Elections poll register, and Lamplighter s Civic and Social Club, preparing monthly spaghetti dinners and helping with countless fundraisers. She also prepared and served meals through the Meals Together program through United Methodist Church of Wooster, served the Kidney Foundation of Wayne County for twenty-five years, cooked for the Amici Italiana Festival, helped with Goodwill Industries fundraisers, sewed blankets for mothers in need, and made costumes for Wayne Center for the Arts performances.
Flo truly loved her family, her heritage and her country, being one of 18 million women who made history during WWII as a Rosie the Riveter while at Sieberling Rubber Company in Wooster, sealing the insides of fuel tanks, an experience she shared with classes at Wooster High School on many Veterans Days. Flo was also involved with the Wayne County Historical Society, Beta Sigma Phi, American Sewing Guild; and she loved playing cards, Bingo and dice games with family and friends.
Despite her health conditions, Flo maintained a contagious smile and love of life. She will keep the kitchen light on — All Visitors Welcome!
Surviving in addition to her husband are four children: Don E. (Becky) Rose of Polk, Carol J. (Robert) Hines, Janet (Ronald) Fry, Trish (Kim) van Tol all of Wooster; nine grandchildren: Heidi Renee Rose (Taylor) Clark, Todd M. (Michelle) Doty, Ashley-Rae Rose Doty, Natalie Rose Fry, Audrey Rose Fry, Carly Rose van Tol, Lexi Rose van Tol, Meredith Hines (Steve) Schulte, Leslie Hines (Nate) Pangrace; eight great-grandchildren: Blake A. Doty, Brandon A. Doty, Camden D. Doty, Carsen L. Doty, Trinity Rose Lewis, Olivia Clark, Jason Clark, and Benjamin Schulte; brother, Raymond Moretti of Cuyahoga Falls; and sisters Julia Grosjean, Lillian Massaro of Wooster, Dorothy Blough of St. Cloud, FL.
Preceeding her in death were siblings Velma Marcovechio, Rudy Moretti, Mary Rose, Cecelia DeCaro, Elsie Cosentino, Donald Moretti, Jeanie Culbertson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:00 Noon St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster. Burial will be at Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at a later date.
Friends may call Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with a rosary service at 5:30 pm.
The family thanks Kenneth Shafer, MD, cardiologist, and Lapmun Lun, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist, Cleveland Clinic Wooster; Christine I. Lee, DO, Akron Nephrology; The Staff and volunteers of LifeCare Hospice; the Doctors and Staff of Wooster Community Hospital; and the WCH Home Health Aides, all for their excellent care.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church, PO Box 109; LifeCare Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Rd.; or the Kidney Foundationof Ohio, Inc., 2831 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-2606
Amatevi a vicenda! ~ Love one another!
Life Care Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc., 2831 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-2606
Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 7, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Avenue, Wooster
Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary service at 5:30 pm